With the June holidays right around the corner, there are many upcoming activities for families to enjoy and participate in. Amongst the many events taking place is the Gallery Children’s Biennale 2023 at National Gallery Singapore.
The Gallery Children’s Biennale 2023 is now in its 4th edition and will be running from 27 May 2023 to 31 March 2024. Visitors can look forward to exploring and interacting with 11 new artworks around the art museum.
Immerse In Creativity & Imagination For A Better Future
Stemming from this edition’s theme, ‘Let’s Make a Better Place’, the Gallery Children’s Biennale 2023 aims to inspire and spark conversations around current issues that we face around us.
As visitors walk and experience the different exhibits, they will be prompted to reflect on the kind of world that we live in, and reimagine an ideal world to live in.
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What to Expect at Gallery Children’s Biennale at National Gallery Singapore: Explore And Interact With 11 Different Artworks
The artworks displayed are created by various artists from around the world, spotlighting four core values: Care, Collaborate, Imagine and Respect.
Families are invited to each exhibit, aiming to foster open communication, creativity and reflection in interactive spaces.
Each visitor will also receive a ‘My Biennale Buddy’ – a booklet and activity set that provides further information about the artworks, artists and includes crafts for children. This aims to deepen their understanding on each core value.
Here are some of the exhibits that young visitors can look forward to at Gallery Children’s Biennale 2023.
Sama-Sama (Together) by Fadilah Karim
Put together as a three-part exhibit, Sama-Sama (Together) was inspired by key moments the artist spent with her daughter, both at home and in the studio.
Visitors are invited to create and draw artworks of their favourite memories on walls and canvases, have fun building forts using blankets, as well as draw quirky portraits of themselves and their loved ones.
Can you see the forest for the trees? by Izziyana Suhaimi
Using repurposed textiles and recycled materials, the artist creates spaces that invites visitors to contribute to the artwork.
There are texts and doodles on the wall that encourage children to think deeper about textile waste and recycling materials, and learn simple tutorials on how to use textile scraps provided to create weaving patterns.
We Move This City by Chiang Yu Xiang
Singapore’s transport system reimagined in this artwork that invites visitors into a carriage with moving visuals to simulate being on the move, on the road and on public transportation.
The artist was inspired by various modes of transportation observed while travelling, and hopes to inspire children to imagine and create ideas of various modes of transportation of the future.
Tide by Wang Ruobing
An immersive kinetic artwork, this installation invites visitors to observe the items hanging around the walls, which are debris picked up from the coastlines of Singapore by non-profit groups.
When activated, the centrepiece mechanism will spin and cause the debris on the walls to move up and down, creating a sound akin to the waves crashing in the sea. Inspired by moving tides, the artist aims to draw attention to issues that pollution brings to the environment.
Enjoy Performances, Workshops And Online Activities
There will also be various performances and workshops by artists and collective groups which families can participate in throughout the duration of the biennale.
The event schedule can be accessed here. Some workshops have additional costs, tickets can be bought through the Gallery Children’s Biennale site.
Aside from visiting the artworks and exploring activities at National Gallery, children can also enjoy various online games in their own time as well. Each game corresponds to a core value, allowing children to use their creativity to discover new possibilities.
The games can be accessed at www.childrensbiennale.com.
Visiting National Gallery Singapore’s Gallery Children’s Biennale 2023
Where: National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
When: 27 May 2023 to 31 March 2024, open daily, 10 am to 7 pm
The Gallery Children’s Biennale 2023 is free for all visitors to visit till 31 March 2024.
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